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Saiah Yates  Undergraduate Researcher UMBC

Researcher of the Week:
Saiah Yates

Meet Saiah,
She is a Biological Sciences major, a URA Scholar and a MARC U*Star Scholar. Her future goal is to become a physical therapist and scientist. She like the flexibility a DPT/PhD degree offers so she would like to take time to teach, practice, and conduct research related to physical therapy one day.

Her research will explore the microscopic world of the Drosophila (a genus of small flies, like the fruit fly). She will focus on two medications and their effects on weakness in Drosophila. Frailty is a condition in which particular physical abilities deteriorate with age. The medications used have been known to increase lifespan in mammals and therefore may directly influence strength. Strength decline is assessed by timing Drosophila escape from a sticky substance. In advancing this study, males will be tested to determine if the drugs have sex-specific effects on weakness.

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